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conductor , organist

William Henry Donley, American organist, conductor. Fellow College of Organists, London.

Background

Donley, William Henry was born on April 20, 1863 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Son of Edward and Mary (Phelps) Donley.

Education

Educated Western Seminary, Waterloo, Iowa. Studied with Edward Burnham and Otto A. Schmidt (Waterloo), A. Haverick (New York), also at N.E. Conservatory of Music. Piano with Doctor Louis Maas, organ with George E. Whiting, voice with C. E. Tinney, of London, England., theory with S. A. Emery.

Career

Concert organist at 19. Played at Buffalo and St. Louis expns., and has given recitals throughout United States. As organ architect has planned about 350 organs.

Organist and choirmaster 1st Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington, since 1915. Director People’s Chorus, Seattle, 1915-1918.

Membership

Fellow College of Organists, London.

Connections

Married Laura J. Wensley, August 6, 1888. Children: Helen Irene, Mabel Alice, Florence Eleanor.

father:
Edward Donley

mother:
Mary (Phelps) Donley

spouse:
Laura J. Wensley

children:
Mabel Alice Donley

Florence Eleanor Donley

Helen Irene Donley